Gardens by the Bay’s Rose Romance floral display draws inspiration from idyllic Puglia in Italy to celebrate love

The floral display is also a limited-time venue for couples to solemnise their marriage in collaboration with the Registry of Marriages as part of National Family Week

Rose Romance

Gardens by the Bay’s Rose Romance (玫瑰之恋)floral display, which opened today in Flower Dome, features more than 16,000 roses of over 70 varieties. Back for its fourth edition, this year’s Rose Romance is inspired by Puglia, an idyllic region in southern Italy famed for its quaint whitewashed hill towns, coastlines’ beauty, and a relaxed pace of life.

One of Puglia’s icons is the trulli, or the picturesque, traditional limestone houses with conical roofs in the Alberobello village. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the trulli of Alberobello features in the floral display. Rose Romance is presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy in Singapore, and will be on until July 16.

Puglia is also popular internationally as a wedding destination. For the first time, Gardens by the Bay is collaborating with the Registry of Marriages (ROM) to offer couples an opportunity to hold their solemnisation at a section of a floral display. For the duration of the display, a pocket garden in Flower Dome will be transformed into a rose-filled, Puglian-inspired summer wedding setting for solemnisations arranged by ROM at selected timings on weekday mornings.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, and Second Minister for Finance and National Development Indranee Rajah launched Rose Romance today, alongside the Ambassador of Italy to Singapore and Brunei Darussalam H.E. Mario Andrea Vattani. Minister Indranee also extended her congratulations to the first couple to solemnise their marriage at Rose Romance.

Rose Romance Flower Dome

Gardens by the Bay Assistant CEO May Yeo said, “As a People’s Garden, Gardens by the Bay provides Singaporeans with a beautiful verdant space to celebrate key moments in our lives, and our collaboration with ROM is but an extension of this. We are delighted to offer couples a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to say ‘I do’ amid a spectacular, rose-filled setting specially put together by our horticulturists, which we hope will be a wonderful memory they can look fondly back on through a long and happy union.”

Registrar of Marriages, Timothy Pak said, “The Registry of Marriages is happy to partner with Gardens by the Bay to host couples to solemnise their marriage at the exquisite Flower Dome against the backdrop of the Rose Romance floral display. Couples can also opt for the Ficus Room, nestled within the vibrant Active Garden. With these venues, we hope that couples can celebrate this special occasion and create beautiful memories with their loved ones at the floral display during this National Family Week celebrations, which is dedicated to honouring family ties.”

Rose Romance Gardens by the Bay

Ambassador of Italy to Singapore and Brunei Darussalam H.E. Mario Andrea Vattani said, “The Puglia event in Rose Romance is dedicated to one of the most beautiful regions of southern Italy, its territories rich with many UNESCO sites such as the famous trulli of Alberobello which will be displayed at Gardens by the Bay, but also other artistic and handcrafted creations, and of course the local food and wine excellences. The region is also famous for being a renowned wedding destination where lovers choose to take their vows against the backdrop of Puglia’s beautiful landscapes, in iconic rural estate buildings called ‘masserie’. We are delighted that Gardens by the Bay is collaborating with the Registry of Marriages to offer solemnisation sessions in Mediterranean Garden for the whole period of the Rose Romance event.”

When the pocket garden is not used for ROM solemnisations, it is open to the public.

Diverse rose forms and authentic performances from Italy

The hybrid tea rose may be the rose form that most people are familiar with, but there are also other less common and intriguing forms on show in the Rose Romance floral display. Some highlights include:

● Rosa ‘Golden Wings’ – a yellow single flower variety that looks little like a hybrid tea rose, yet most closely resembles the original form of roses before they were hybridised by breeders to produce the many varieties we see today

● Rosa ‘Iceburg’ – an award-winning rose with large clusters of medium-sized, rounded flowers with soft white petals, sometimes with a tinge of pale pink. It has a light, sweet fragrance

● Rosa ‘The Fairy’ – a dwarf shrub rose with many small, pink double-bloom flowers that are only about an inch wide

Rose Romance Floral Display

Amid a field of diverse – and sometimes fragrant – roses stands a heart-shaped topiary interspersed with more than 1,000 roses. In addition, plants such as snapdragons, delphiniums and digitalis in shades of blue and purple, complement the roses of the floral display, which are predominantly in shades of red, pink and white.

Visitors to Rose Romance can also experience a slice of one of Italy’s biggest music festivals La Notte della Taranta (Night of the Tarantula), which features Italian folk songs and dances of Salento in Puglia. Musicians and dancers of Orchestra Popolare la Notte della Taranta, who have flown in from Puglia, will perform in Flower Dome this weekend (June 3 and June 4).

There are also two social media contests where participants can stand a chance to win either beautiful rose bouquets, or return air tickets to Italy sponsored by Turkish Airlines.

📅 2 Jun to 16 Jul 2023
⏰ 9am – 9pm
📍 Flower Dome
🏷 Admission charge to Flower Dome applies.

You can get tickets online via Klook.

Rose Romance runs till 16 Jul 2023 in Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay.

Visit here for more details.

ROM solemnisations at Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay is ROM’s only official external solemnisation venue partner. Since November 2022, couples can choose to register to solemnise their marriage at Ficus Room in Active Garden. Active Garden is located within Gardens by the Bay’s Family Zone, which was jointly developed through a partnership between Families for Life, Gardens by the Bay and the Ministry of Social and Family Development.

Beginning June 6, Gardens by the Bay will be giving each couple who have registered with ROM to solemnise their marriage in Ficus Room, a complimentary pair of two-way Shuttle Service tickets from Bayfront Plaza or Flower Dome to Active Garden. Couples can present their ROM booking confirmation to Shuttle Service staff to redeem the tickets.

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